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Arequipa is a city in southern Peru, located in the Andes mountains at an altitude of over 2,300 meters (7,500 feet). It is the second largest city in Peru, and is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, beautiful countryside, and vibrant culture. The city is surrounded by majestic volcanic peaks, including El Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu.

Arequipa is also home to several important historical sites, such as the Santa Catalina Monastery, a 16th-century convent that has been beautifully preserved and is now open to the public as a museum. Another popular attraction is the Plaza de Armas, a spacious square surrounded by colonial buildings and beautiful gardens.

The city is famous for its cuisine, which is characterized by its use of local ingredients and spices, and is particularly known for its dishes made with rocoto, a local chili pepper. Arequipa is also a great place to experience traditional Peruvian crafts and textiles, as the region is famous for its weaving traditions and is home to several artisan markets where visitors can buy handmade goods.